Please continue to attend antenatal appointments unless advised otherwise.
If you are unsure whether to attend or if you have a temperature over 37.8 or new persistent cough, please contact your midwife.
Birthing Partner/Visitor Restrictions
In line with national guidance there are some changes to visiting, which also apply to antenatal and postnatal care. You can read more about this here.
Temporary changes to our Maternity Services
As a nation we have been asked to follow Government instructions on social isolation. These rules apply to our staff as well as to all those we care for, so, alongside other NHS organisations across the country, we have implemented some temporary changes to our maternity services.
These changes have been made so we can continue to provide the safest, most effective and compassionate care to everyone who needs it during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
These are challenging times and we understand that many of our expectant mums will be feeling anxious about these exceptional measures. However, we want to reassure you that we are working hard to maintain the best care for mums and their babies, and will return as quickly and safely as possible to normal.
We hope you will understand and support the steps we have taken to provide as much protection as possible for those using and working in our maternity services.
Thank you for using our services responsibly and for following the Government instructions on social isolation.
Information Leaflets for Parents can be found below:
Being Tested for Coronavirus
At SaTH our priority is to keep you and your baby safe. That is why we are now testing all pregnant women who need to be admitted to SaTH.
This includes women who have symptoms of COVID-19 such as a cough or temperature as well as women who have no symptoms of COVID-19.
The test for COVID-19 is a simple swab taken from your nose and throat. Your results will take about 48 hrs to report. A midwife will contact you by telephone, even if the result is negative. She will also give advice on any further plans if needed.
COVID-19 positive patients will be looked after in a side room – patients will be asked to wear a mask when necessary and will have the use of separate toilets and bathrooms. COVID-19 negative patients will be cared for in a bay or area with other negative patients. Patients will have use of designated toilets and bathrooms.
Lateral Flow Testing
Lateral flow testing for women and their support partner is carried out to detect COVID-19 in people who are asymptomatic (not displaying symptoms).
To find your closest lateral flow testing site and for more information on lateral flow home testing in Telford & Wrekin, please visit the telford.gov website.
To find your closest lateral flow testing site and for more information on lateral flow home testing in Shropshire, please visit the GOV.UK Website.
For women who reside in Wales and access Shropshire for maternity appointments or ultrasound scans, please contact your local COVID-19 testing centre for advice on lateral flow testing availability near you.
Please note, if you carry out a lateral flow test at home, you will need to formally report the results via the GOV.UK website and follow the instructions provided.
Women and their chosen support partner are strongly encouraged to attend for a Lateral Flow Test no more than 72 hours prior to each antenatal appointment.
More information on asymptomatic lateral flow testing can be found here on the NHS Website.
If you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy, please contact your named Midwife, or speak to a member of the maternity services team at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. A list of numbers can be found on the back of your handheld pregnancy records.
You can find more information on pregnancy and coronavirus on the NHS website
For more information about testing please see our news item.
Our Maternity Services team at The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust are currently responding to the national Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. We are very aware that some women will be concerned about their care during their pregnancy.
We hope that this list of Frequently Asked Questions will answer concerns and also advise what you need to do at this time.
Please be aware that the guidance is changing regularly. We will keep this page as up to date as possible.
We also recommend that you read the guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for pregnant women.